A new and addictive trivia game from the Webby-honored government blog OhMyGov.com gives people the power to save lives. The “Real or UnReal” game (http://ohmygov.com/pages/realunreal.aspx) presents factoids taken from breaking news, political history, science and technology, and the strange-but-true stories of government that OhMyGov is known for, and asks readers to cast their vote: Are they Real or UnReal? For every correct guess, OhMyGov donates funds to its charity partner, Blood:Water Mission, to provide one day’s worth of safe drinking water for a child in Africa.
Already, during the game’s pilot phase, over 10,000 days of safe drinking water have been earned. Correct clicks turn into dollars donated by OhMyGov, which go directly toward projects by Blood:Water Mission to reduce disease and provide a hopeful future by giving communities access to safe, potable water. Real or UnReal is entirely web-based and can be played on a variety of devices, including iPads and iPhones – perfect for spicing up long commutes, waiting-room delays, and dull office meetings. The animated game features a water truck that fills up with every correct click, and a calendar marking off your progress toward a month of safe, clean water.
OhMyGov’s charitable partner, Blood:Water Mission, has provided locally relevant water solutions to over 600,000 people in 11 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Founded in 2005 by the GRAMMY Award-winning band, Jars of Clay, Blood:Water Mission has worked with over 1000 local communities to construct wells, rehabilitate springs, and promote rain tanks. “As a grassroots organization, we are fueled by the passions and creativity of others to impact the lives of our friends in Africa,” explains Mike Lenda, US Programs Director for Blood:Water Mission. “Real or UnReal invites those who enjoy the challenge of putting their knowledge to the test to creatively make a real difference in the lives of others.”
Founded in 2007, OhMyGov.com is the news arm of OhMyGov Inc., a media and technology firm that helps governments navigate the new media landscape through advanced analytics, tools and training. OhMyGov Inc. is privately held, with backing from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Virginia-based investment group New Dominion Angels.
About Blood:Water Mission
Blood:Water Mission (http://bloodwatermission.com) is a non-profit organization based in Nashville, TN, established to empower community to work together against the HIV/AIDS & water crises in sub-Saharan Africa through creative grassroots efforts. Founded in 2005 by the multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning band, Jars of Clay, Blood:Water Mission has provided safe water access through locally relevant water solutions to over 600,000 people in 1000 communities and access to health care for thousands living with HIV/AIDS through clinics and community health care.